Inderpal Grewal


On her book Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First-Century America

Cover Interview of February 18, 2018

A close-up

Readers encountering my book might first turn to the chapter on Hurricane Katrina, which captures the context of the book, both with regard to the problems of a retreating welfare state that treats its citizens as aliens and celebrity and heroic humanitarianism. Other chapters follow this first case study, and build on it by showing how the U.S. security state separates out those it favors and those it discards, and how it treats people of color, African Americans and Muslims. It also shows how U.S. power is viewed around the world via transnational media corporations, such as CNN, and how the images of New Orleans after the Hurricane also impacted the global stature of the United States. Each chapter addresses a different group impacted by security concerns, and readers might turn to these according to their interests with regards to race, religion or gender. Some might also turn to the chapter on humanitarianism, especially the critique of Greg Mortenson’s book, Three Cups of Tea. Many have read this book in schools and colleges so this section of my book will certainly be of interest to those readers.